Drew Stelljes

Drew Stelljes
  • Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership

About Drew Stelljes

Dr. Andrew D. Stelljes serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership William & Mary. He provides leadership and direction for an integrated portfolio aimed at enhancing student development. Stelljes is responsible for the oversight of the following departments: Office of Community Engagement, Student Veteran Engagement, Student Leadership Development, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Student Unions and Engagement. The thematic area overarching goals help students engage, explore, and elevate their college experience. Leadership occurs in multiple formats – on alternative breaks, within recognized student organizations, as a building supervisor, as a volunteer, board member, employee and more.

Stelljes is the author of Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Toward Long-term Developmental Social Concern and his engagement model has been widely published. He has authored an array of journal articles on placing students' intellectual and developmental needs at the center of the learning endeavor, service-learning, community-based learning, education policy reform measures, impacts of alternative breaks and measures of the efficacy of college-based tutoring and mentoring programs.

He is a graduate of William & Mary with an earned Ph.D. in Educational Policy. In 2008 Drew was selected as an inaugural member of the Engagement Academy for University Leaders. He has held an executive board seat on a variety of local non-profits and on the Governor’s Advisory for National and Community Service where he chaired the annual selection process for statewide Americorps funding. He teaches a class on Social Foundations of Education, he is the faculty member for the DC Office Summer Institute on Leadership and Community Engagement and he teaches the class Urban Education: Policy, Practice, and Leadership through the W&M DC Office.

Drew consults on topics ranging from the creation of civic engagement on college campuses, service-learning and student development in the college years. Stelljes is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. He has guest lectured, presented or consulted for 20 schools. He and his wife, Amy, have three children, Emma Grace, Braden Eberhardt, and Elizabeth Marie. They live in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Posts by Drew Stelljes

Putting Love in Action

Guest blogger Ryann England writes about leaders in action – putting love in action. The story written is based on the characters of Winnie the

Inclusive Excellence – Supporting Student Veterans’ Transition at William & Mary

Guest blogger Charlie Foster shares the past, present, and future of support for student veterans at W&M. Student veterans lead the way. In 2014-2015,

Pen Pals Enhance Civic Agency and Connections During Pandemic

Guest blogger Sonia Kinkhabwala ’21 shares the story of how Pen Pals went from an idea to a program in a few days during

The Sixth Stage of Grieving

I recently wrote about how we are each on our own course of personal grieving the loss of the season and celebrations. We’ve all experienced

Grieving the Loss of Springtime at W&M

Lately, I’ve been talking with students via Zoom. They’re expressing emotions that I relate with. That’s not normal. Often I relate to the emotions

COVID-19- Gratitude for New Routines

I’ve been thinking a lot the past week about what I care about. I think it’s a manifestation of my fear that I may

Dear Class of 2020

Class of 2020, I am joined by all of my colleagues across W&M and your family and friends when sharing with you how very

Learning on Fire by Maddie Talnagi ’20

Guest blogger Maddie Talnagi ’20 provides us an overview of the realities of public education in the United States. Talnagi was a student in

Teaching for the W&M Washington Center

Throughout my educational training, I was committed to delaying specialization and instead explore communities. I majored in Sociology, Communication and later Counseling Psychology and